Too hot to trot? exploring potential links between climate change, physical activity and health

Townsend, Mardie, Mahoney, Mary, Jones, J., Ball, Kylie, Salmon, Jo and Finch, C. 2003, Too hot to trot? exploring potential links between climate change, physical activity and health, Journal of science and medicine in sport, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 260-265.

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Title Too hot to trot? exploring potential links between climate change, physical activity and health
Author(s) Townsend, Mardie
Mahoney, Mary
Jones, J.
Ball, Kylie
Salmon, Jo
Finch, C.
Journal name Journal of science and medicine in sport
Volume number 6
Issue number 3
Start page 260
End page 265
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication New York, NY.
Publication date 2003-09
ISSN 1440-2440
Summary Based on an analysis of existing literature, this paper explores the links between climate change, physical activity and health. It highlights the importance of physical activity for health, explores current understandings of factors influencing participation in sport and physical activity, and develops some hypotheses about the ways in which climate change may impact on the factors influencing physical activity and thereby on the level of participation in physical activity. The paper argues that climate change has the potential to be a barrier to participation in physical activity, particularly in areas where temperatures are already relatively high, and that a reduction in physical activity across the population is likely to have detrimental health impacts. The need for research to clarify the nature and extent of the threat posed to physical activity participation is highlighted, as is the need to take into account the direct and indirect costs of any changes or reductions in physical activity in any assessment of the costs of climate change and/or its mitigation.


Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002242

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